August 11th, 2008
04:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Pro-Clinton group runs new ad, warns against Obama 'coronation'

A group of Hillary Clinton supporters is warning the DNC against staging a 'coronation' of Sen. Obama at the upcoming Democratic Convention.
A group of Hillary Clinton supporters is warning the DNC against staging a 'coronation' of Sen. Obama at the upcoming Democratic Convention.

(CNN) – Just days after Sen. Barack Obama reached out to former President Bill Clinton in the latest post-primary season attempt to unify the Democratic Party, a group of Hillary Clinton supporters ran another ad Monday in an influential Capitol Hill publication that warned against turning the upcoming Democratic convention into what they called a ‘coronation’ of Obama.

Warns the ad, “If Democratic processes and principles are not respected, then the party will have a much bigger problem – a genuine revolt of more than 18 million voters.”

The ad was paid for by The Denver Group, a group of Clinton supporters whose demands for the Democratic convention include a roll call vote and speeches in favor of the New York senator’s candidacy.

The half-page ad, which ran in Monday’s issue of Roll Call, asks “Will [Democratic National Committee chair] Howard Dean and the DNC turn the Democratic Party into the Boston Tea Party?” It adds that neither candidate has enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination, and that pledges to support Obama made by super delegates in June after the last primary are not binding. “Senator Clinton’s name must be placed in nomination,” it reads.

In comments first reported last week, Clinton suggested during a recent fundraiser that her supporters would experience a “catharsis” if their “voices were heard and their views respected” at the convention. She did not say what form that expression should take, and did not rule out the idea of placing her name in nomination.

On the heels of her comments, Sen. Obama invited former President Bill Clinton to address the convention on the same night as the as yet-unnamed Democratic vice presidential nominee. Another pro-Clinton group, 18 Million Voices Rise Hillary Rise, is planning a march in Denver on Tuesday, the same day Sen. Clinton is set to address the convention.

Last month, the Denver Group ran a similar ad, suggesting that Dean might have kept former President Franklin Roosevelt’s name from being submitted for nomination. The group also says that it is hoping to run a television ad during the convention. The Denver Group is a non-profit entity organized under Section 527 of the federal tax code, is not associated with any candidate or party and it has raised approximately $35,000-$40,000, according to Denver Group co-founder Heidi Li Feldman.

“Unity or enthusiasm for a candidate can’t be foisted on people in a democracy,” Feldman said of The Denver Group’s goal having more than just a symbolic roll call vote for the Democratic nomination. “You have to earn voters’ enthusiasm.”

soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. LA2NC

    Looks like there has already been a "genuine revolt". Those 18 million seem to find paying off her debt very revolting. I am so over the Clintons. I hope that she gets it together, if not, I hope the people in NY see her for what she is and vote her out.

    August 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Boston For OBAMA

    Another country heard from. If this group keeps fanning the ashes of Hillary's unsuccessful campaign we will have an uprising in the Democratic Party. Why are the Clintonites fighting hard to divide the party? Hillary Clinton must speak out denouncing this move if she does not want to go down in history as unstable. Give it up now!
    Democrats Unite to Win.

    August 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Rob

    ...and I bet the Colorado Rockies are still protesting that the Boston Red Sox won the World Series last year.

    August 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Seminole3232, Atlanta

    What makes the Hillary supporters think that she would win if they contest on the convention floor? So what, have the freaking roll call, and she will lose again. Do you love the feeling of losing? I for one do not and unfortunately, that's the only feeling I have had since I was old enough to understand presidential politics. It wasn't until this Primary season that I felt like, wow, the best candidate, the candidate I voted for has one the primary. So have the roll call and then get in line. Its time to get over Hillary's lose. While the Clinton's have done a lot of good things for this country they have also done a lot of not so good things. This is too be expected. It is simply time to move one. Vote again on the floor, she will lose, then for goodness sakes, get behind the democrate nominee!

    August 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    Hilliary's supporters need to respect the winner and the winner is Senator Obama who reached the magic number by votes and pledged delegates. If Senator Clinton had the number of votes & pledged delegates she would have been the nominee. Senator Obama's supporters feel the same way about him as her supporters feel about do and they want him treated with the highest respect as well. What they must realize in order to get respect you have to give it by following the rules.

    August 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Indiana Bob

    Go Hillary!! The country needs you now more than ever. Stop Obama and his hate-filled cult and Middle East internet donations.

    Chicago 1968!! Denver 2008!!

    PUMA - Hillary or McCain

    August 11, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Ozzie

    This protest by die-hard Clinton supporters will look like a picnic in the park compared to what would happen if Barack Obama was denied the nomination he has earned.

    August 11, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. Tori, Oregon

    So wait the 18 million Obama supporters should have their voice taken away from them? Cry me a river. ITS OVER.

    Look I just want my Dad out of Iraq and HOME. I want to afford college and insurance. MCCAIN DOESNT OFFER ANY OF THIS.

    Get over it and make sure that the next generation is not screwed. We already were when we watched 911 happen on our school tv's...

    August 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. dave

    This is what happens when you put on blinders in politics: you loose sight of how foolish you can look to other people.

    Memo to all Hillary supporters: She's not that awesome. One day you'll get a female candidate for president who's not abrasive and didn't ride her husband's coat tails into office. She will make a much better first female president than Hillary. Also, the more you insist you get your way after your candidate herself has dropped out, the more you send the women's movement back. There are a lot of people sitting back saying, "See, this is why you can't have women involved in politics, business, etc: they will refuse to see reality and cling to their emotions." EVERY ELECTION people loose. Only Hillary supporters are making a travesty of this fact.

    Also, if you're really hell bent on trashing Obama, can you tell me how you, me, or Hillary will be better off with McCain??? Do you have anything more than the one word answer "experience?" 'Cause while McCain has plenty of experience, not too much of it is friendly to the women's movement...

    August 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Yes We CAN!

    Franklin Roosevelt's grandson was on the DNC rules committee that voted against Hillary.

    These are such a bitter bunch of pathetic sore losers. Their bitterness comes from their arrogance. Throughout 2007, Hillary was the inevitable nominee and Obama was laughed off as a hapless insurgent.

    You bet your money on the wrong racehorse, and you'all can't stand it.

    August 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. DJ in TX

    They need to remember that Senator Clinton wasn't the only one who got 18 million votes. Why do people always forget that?

    These are the type of people who are/have broken the party. Trying to "force" the DNC to nominate "their" candidate. Remember, either candidate will need the other side to have any chance at winning.

    These kinds of tactics won't work. And let's remember, should Hillary's supporters "sabatoge" Senator's Obama's chances, I'm sure Senator Obama's supporters won't forget in 4 years.

    I for one (who wouldn't have voted for Senator Clinton should she have won anyway) won't forget and yes, there are 18 million of us as well.

    August 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Joe Kiloz

    I'm glad that someone is recognizing that 18 million folks deserve to have their rights protected by forcing Mr. Dean and Mrs. Pelosi to recognize that this is a party of all the people, not a few who wish to impose on us their will under a broken set of rules and circumstances which have dishonored the democratic process.

    The party leaders must respect us and not hinder us in this action. Any movement to restrict will be looked upon as a sign of agression.

    We live in a D E M O C R A C Y not in Mr. Dean's or Mrs. Pelosis "neighborhood."

    August 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. DA

    LOL...I wonder if these are HRC supporters are GOP covert agents!!! I mean really at some point it's time to move on!!!

    What a bunch of loosers!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Phil in Texas

    Attention PUMA's:
    Read the article written by Joshua Green from The Atlantic Magazine! Interesting information!! That is why she lost the nomination!!
    Wake up America and make sure a Republican is not elected again!!

    August 11, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. jim - chicago, illinois

    What don't these people get? Their candidate didn't win! If they're not careful, these Hillary Clinton supporters will go too far and ruin the entire thing for everyone, and we'll end up with a McCain presidency.

    August 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Mike NY

    Good! if Hillary wont stand up for herself, we will!

    Nobama

    August 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. jr

    CNN, you are PATHETIC..You are always looking at a ways to focus on anything negative concerning Barack Obama and this Democrats election cycle..(No they are not happy and probably want be happy unless Hilary is the nominee. ) I will still vote for Barack regardless!

    I rarely hear anything about the Republicans and how they are all divided because of John McCain.

    And please stop publicizing every email Barack send to his supporters. I have not heard about ANY emails that McCain has sent to his supporters.

    You are SO BIASED and Pathetic..You have a love / hate relationship with Barack..You love him because he give you ratings..You hate him because it is quite clear you do not want him to win.

    BARACK the VOTE Nov. 4th!

    August 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Hillary or Bust!!

    This election has been stolen!!!

    Hillary deserved to win, but because the Czars in the Democratic Party were afraid to deny the African-American the nomination, they were willing to alienate the majority of the Democrats!

    We cannot afford another false election!

    Join together and push for Hillary in Denver!

    Stand up to Sexism!

    August 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. McCain is the man

    You go girl(s). The more we keep America divided, the easier it is to control things.

    August 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Mary Everett

    If Hillary doesn't stop these people (stop inciting them) her furture in the Dem Party is OVER!

    August 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Linda of Atlanta

    Why have you refused to publish my comment? It didn't violate any user agreements. I guess you're looking for comments that support these idiots, right?

    August 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. McCain is senile

    They're demented and BITTER! Puma's get a life and pay down your girl's debt.

    August 11, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. greenfun

    Most democrats can tolerate their candidate losing, but a biased and corrupt media coupled with corrupt behavior from the Democratic party is insulting to Americans. How stupid do they think we are?
    We want a FAIR and HONEST process. Where is the integrity??????

    Puma pac

    August 11, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Northern Michigan

    Clinton supporters: Get over it. Your candidate lost and she did so because she was disingenuous and deceitful. And shame on Hillary for NOT discouraging this ongoing divisive nature of her original campaign. Hillary supporters you are not a good reflection of your candidate or maybe you are and that's why you lost. Play NICE.

    August 11, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. Cath

    My goodness, these people just won't let themselves see the reality of the situation which is that Sen. Clinton was the one who made bade "judments" and ran a bad campaign due to her arrogance and sense of entitlement....they need to move on...and these are the very same people who in the last election thought that the 527 Swift Boaters were disgusting...now, they are doing the same thing...they need to move on and Hillary needs to let her people know that it was her fault that she did not win....why can't people take personal responsibility....Obama ran a better and much more inclusive campaign and that's why he won! The Clinton's are and never were all they are cracked up to be!!

    August 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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